“Mr. Mayor, false reporting is saying that nobody in the campaign had any contacts with Russia,” Cuomo responded. “False reporting is saying that there has been no suggestion of any kind of collusion between the campaign and any Russians.” Giuliani jumped in. “You just misstated my position,” Giuliani said. “I never said there was no collusion between the campaign, or between people in the campaign.”
Cuomo’s face contorted into an expression of disbelief. “Yes, you have,” he shot back.
As recently as July, Giuliani was asked by Fox News contributor Guy Benson, “Regardless of whether collusion would be a crime, is it still the position of you and your client that there was no collusion with the Russians whatsoever on behalf of the Trump campaign?” “Correct,” Giuliani responded at the time.
But on Wednesday, Giuliani appeared to amend his previous comments on the subject. “I said the president of the United States,” he protested, arguing that he had only ever said Trump himself was not connected to any Russian meddling in the 2016 election. “There is not a single bit of evidence the president of the United States committed the only crime you can commit here, conspired with the Russians to hack the DNC.”
And since everyone seems to be falling for the "collusion" ruse, the investigation was not into "collusion." The word doesn't appear.
And again, collusion is not a crime.
(b) The Special Counsel is authorized to conduct the investigation confirmed by then-FBI Director James B. Comey in testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on March 20, 2017, including:
(i) any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and
(ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation; and
(iii) any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. s. 600.4(a).
(c) If the Special Counsel believes it is necessary and appropriate, the Special Counsel is authorized to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters.
(d) Sections 600.4 through 600.10 of Title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations are applicable to the special counsel.
28 C.F.R. s. 600.4(a):
(a) . . . The jurisdiction of a Special Counsel shall also include the authority to investigate and prosecute federal crimes committed in the course of, and with intent to interfere with, the Special Counsel's investigation, such as perjury, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, and intimidation of witnesses; and to conduct appeals arising out of the matter being investigated and/or prosecuted.
(Go look it up online).
See that? The first of three broad mandates was to look for "links and/or coordination", which is broader than collusion. Moreover, because "high crimes and misdemeanors" is undefined and because there is no judicial review conviction on articles of impeachment, there actually is NOT any requirement that the President have committed an offense in the US Code to be impeached.
So even if it did say "collusion" in the letter - it does not - collusion could
be a grounds for impeachment, were the GOP congress to have any sense of honor or basic human decency. That someone cannot find "collusion" or "links and/or coordination" in the U.S. Code does not mean congress cannot consider conspiring with the enemy to win an election worthy of impeachment.
But don't worry, Trumpists. Everything you said is bull**** that was carefully measured out by messaging experts. But your man is still safe because the GOP is honorless. Might makes right, right?
Democracy, on the other hand, not so much...